John Obiero Nyagarama Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Education, Career And Death

John Obiero Nyagarama

John Obiero Nyagarama was a Kenyan politician, teacher and farmer. He was the first Governor of Nyamira County, deputised by Amos Nyaribo.

Prior to his venturing into politics, Nyagarama worked as a teacher at Nduru Boys Secondary School. He further ventured into farming (tea production) after he left the teaching job. He also joined Touchline Press Limited, where he served as the CEO before going on to establish a tea export company in Mombasa, Kenya.
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John Obiero Nyagarama Profile

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Full name: John Obiero Nyagarama
Born: 1946
Died: 18th December 2020 
Age: 74 years (2020)
Nationality: Kenyan
Education: University of Nairobi
Spouse: Dorcas Sigara (died 1998), Naomi Nyagarama
Children: Eight children
Occupation: Teacher, farmer, politician
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John Obiero Nyagarama Biography and Educational Background

John Obiero Nyagarama was born in 1946 in Nyakemincha, Nyamira, Nyamira County. He attended Nyakemincha Primary School in West Mugirango Constituency after which he enrolled at Maseno School for his O-levels.

Nyagarama also obtained his A-levels from Kisii High School before gaining admission to the University of Nairobi where he earned a bachelor's degree in literature.

Career and Politics

In 1975, John Obiero Nyagarama started working as a teacher at Nduru Boys Secondary School. He left the school in 1976 to Nyanshiongo Boys High School, from where he was transferred to Menyenya High School.

He left teaching to venture into farming, focusing on tea production. He joined the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) where he rose from the position of a management trainee becoming a manager. Between 1991 to 1992, he was the managing director of the privately-owned Sotik Tea Factory.

Upon leaving tea farming, he joined Touchline Press Limited where he was the chief executive officer (CEO). He eventually left Touchline Press Limited to establish a tea export company in Mombasa, Kenya in 1993.

In 1994, Nyagarama was elected to serve on the KTDA's board as a director representing the tea zones of Marani, in Kisii County, and certain centres within Nyamira County. He held several other roles in the agency from 1994 to 2013. He also served as the chairman of Kenya Tea Packers Limited (KETEPA).

John Nyagarama's first step into politics was when he unsuccessfully contested for the parliamentary seat of West Mugirango Constituency, Nyamira County in the 2007 general elections.

On March 2013, he became a candidate for the governorship of Nyamira County under the Orange Democratic Movement platform and he won. He was re-elected as Governor in August 2017.

Personal Life

After testing positive for COVID-19 and suffering multiple lung failures, John Obiero Nyagarama was placed on life support on the 15th of December, 2020 at The Nairobi Hospital. Three days later, he was reported dead.
He is survived by his wife Naomi Nyagarama and eight children. His eldest son, Kebaso, is a businessman while his favourite son, Gideon, is the Public Administration Director in the Nyamira County.

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